Collection of works that includes a section on mathematical problems and riddles (f. 2r), a short work discussing the Hebrew alphabet (f. 8r-11v), and a translation of a letter written by a monk in Brussels to another member of his order, supposedly in England and dated 29 December 1768 which discusses cabala (f. 13r-35r). Also contains a catalogue of specimens of ores and minerals collected by Rainsford that is written upside down and starting from the opposite end of the manuscript (f. 188r).
Ozanam, Jacques, 1640-1717.
Purchased with support from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
190 leaves : paper; 213 x 135 mm bound to 220 x 148 mm + 4 notes
Formerly owned by Charles Rainsford (British army officer, fellow of the Royal Society, and alchemist); bequeathed by Rainsford to Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland.; Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.; Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 608, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014 (bookplate, inside upper cover; stamps throughout).
Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner.; Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner.
Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)
Title from title page (f. 1r).; Origin: Written in England between 1764 (f. 1r) and 1809.; Ms. codex.; Foliation: Paper, 190 leaves; [1-190]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Contemporary foliation in ink, [i], 1-24, 24-144, upper left verso when the manuscript is in the opposite orientation. All references in this record are to modern foliation.; Binding: Contemporary suede.; Decoration: Alchemical symbols used throughout.; Script: Written in a cursive script in the hand of Charles Rainsford.; English, with a few words in Hebrew.